Denver Urban Design and Landscape Architecture Firm Civitas Wins ASLA Colorado President’s Award of Excellence for Second Year

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Denver’s Civitas has won four urban design and landscape architecture awards from the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Colorado 2016 Design Awards, including the organization’s President’s Award and a Landmark Award. Civitas also won the ASLA Colorado top-honor President’s Award in 2015.

Civitas has won ASLA Colorado’s 2016 President’s Award for its Haven Project with New York Restoration Project (NYRP), creating a connected open space system in New York’s South Bronx.

“Creating healthier cities is at the heart of our firm’s mission,” says Civitas founding principal Mark Johnson.

Urban design and landscape architecture firm Civitas has won the highest honor President’s Award of Excellence from the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Colorado Design Awards for the second year in a row. The honor was awarded to The Haven Project Community Plan, Civitas’ transformative master plan for the New York Restoration Project (NYRP) to create a network of connected open spaces to improve quality of life in New York’s South Bronx.

In addition, Denver, Colorado-based Civitas received the ASLA Colorado Landmark award for Denver’s Larimer Square. The firm also received two Merit Awards, for its Wayzata Lake Effect Vision Plan on Minnesota’s Lake Minnetonka and for its Northern Arizona University Master Plan for the Flagstaff, Arizona, campus.

ASLA Colorado’s President’s Award is bestowed by unanimous jury vote for “an outstanding contribution in the advancement of the Landscape Architectural profession, which exemplifies the ethics upon which the profession was founded,” according to the organization’s announcement of 2016 award winners. In 2015, Civitas – in collaboration with W Architecture and Landscape Architecture – also received the President’s Award for its St. Patrick’s Island Park in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Taking the idea that green space promotes health to the next level, this year’s Presidential winner The Haven Project has been designed specifically to measure and monitor its mission of encouraging active lifestyles and achieving health impacts. “Creating healthier cities is at the heart of our firm’s mission,” says Civitas founding principal Mark Johnson about the project. “With NYRP’s leadership we will be able to directly impact public health in a part of New York City where health improvements are most needed."

ASLA Colorado’s Landmark Design award “recognizes a distinguished landscape architecture project completed between 15 and 50 years ago that retains its original design integrity and contributes significantly to the public realm of the community in which it is located.” 2016 Honor Award winner Larimer Square, one of Civitas’ first projects begun some 30 years ago, transformed a poorly repaired streetscape and vacant historic buildings into Denver's premier shopping and dining destination. The much-copied Larimer Square project also was recently named one of “America’s 11 Most Beautiful Streets” by

ASLA Colorado’s Professional Design Awards “recognize exceptional accomplishments by Colorado and Wyoming landscape architects and represent the work done across the country and across the globe by these individuals and studios,” says the organization. Independently judged by a jury from the ASLA Washington Chapter, this year’s winners were selected from more than 75 submissions. A complete list of ASLA Colorado’s 2016 award winners is available here.

About Civitas:
Founded in 1984 with the core purpose of “creating healthier cities,” Denver-based Civitas, Inc., is an idea-based practice of urban designers, architects and landscape architects engaged in strategic planning for urban change and project design for built works. A consultancy and a design studio, Civitas advises on a wide range of strategies for re-imagining urban life and places, working in U.S. cities coast to coast and around the world. For additional information visit

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